'Toward the end of 2022, 8.8 million people watched a TikTok in which a young woman warned viewers: “Stop sleeping on your stomach/side or your face will droop.” One tweeted response to the video later earned more than 6,000 likes. It reads: “[It’s] terrifying that the anti-aging industry has wormed its way into younger and younger audiences. Teenage girls shouldn’t have to feel constantly terrified that everything they do is causing their face to look older.”'
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Beauty filters like TikTok's new Bold Glamour can transform people's appearance, and the technology is now strikingly seamless. What can research tell us about the psychological consequences?
There can be a lot of pressure to look a certain way and fit in with everyone else. Sometimes you can be hurt or affected by what others think and say.
You might be feeling unhappy about your hair, skin colour or your weight or embarrassed about wearing glasses or braces. It can be hard to accept how you look if you feel pressure to have "perfect" skin or a certain type of body shape
Intelligent, articulate and disciplined - that's how secondary school teacher Charlotte Carson describes Andrew Tate, the online influencer who is a role model to many of the boys at her school in Belfast.
But the problem is, she says, Andrew Tate is also pathetic, insecure, and promotes "Taliban beliefs" about how to treat women.
Schools across the UK are encountering increasing numbers of pupils who admire Tate - and so teachers are having to work out how to respond.
The encouragement of self-harm will be criminalised in an update to the Online Safety Bill, the government has said.
Content that encourages someone to physically harm will be targeted in a new offence, making it illegal.
The government said the changes had been influenced by the case of Molly Russell - the 14-year-old who ended her life in November 2017.
Before Zara McDermott appeared on the reality show Love Island in 2018, she says she had a healthy relationship with food and exercise - and she’d never even looked at a calorie.
But finding fame on the popular dating show brought online trolls and bullying, with people commenting on her “body, waist, hips and legs” for the first time in her life.
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